Yes, It's Actually Possible to Look Cool at the Races
Spring racing season is a stressful time of year in Australia. If you’re attending one of the race days, there can be a lot of pressure to find the right dress, the right hat, and the right shoes that will be comfortable enough to wear all day, yet chic enough to post on Instagram. The races are very much a fashion-oriented event, and while you may pretend you’re there for the horses, we all know that the Spring Racing Carnival is just as much (if not more) about style.
Traditionally, women attending the races have been expected to adhere to many stringent rules. At the Royal Ascot in England, women must wear knee-length dresses and a hat or fascinator at all times. Thankfully, the regulations in Australia are far less specific, as us Aussies are known for having fun with our race day fashion.
So with that in mind, keep scrolling to see the cool girl’s guide to spring racing dressing.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Suit
While many women love to pick out the perfect dress for a race day, a borrowed from the boys outfit can be equally as powerful. Yes, a tailored suit in a bold colour can look just as flattering as your favourite dress. Plus, you’ll be the chicest woman at the race track.
A Headband is the Cool Girl’s Fascinator
Although hats and fascinators are the traditional headpiece of choice, for many they can feel difficult to pull off. A headband is a much more versatile choice, and will probably ensure you feel more comfortable throughout the race day.
Earrings Make the Outfit
For those who wish to completely forgo a headpiece all together, statement earrings can be the next best option. They still look festive and will add a little flair, but will do so in a much subtler way.
A Midi Skirt Can Make Anything Look Race Day Appropriate
If all else fails, build your outfit around a midi-length skirt. Whether fitted or A-line, this silhouette will ensure you look demure and sophisticated. As Elena Perminova proves, you can even pair it with a crop top, and still look chic.
Floral is Always a Good Idea
Even if you don’t necessarily wear floral in your everyday life, there is no better time to test the trend than during racing season. The bolder the better. And we guarantee you’ll feel right at home among all the real flowers at the race track.
Have Fun With Silhouettes
A unique silhouette can instantly add interest to any outfit. For a head-turning race day look, play with skirt proportions, or opt for interesting cuts, like an off-the-shoulder top or a one-shoulder look à la Tamu McPherson.
When in Doubt Opt for a Feminine Shade
Candy colours, pastels, and shades of pink will never feel out of place on the race track. If there’s one event a year that warrants looking excessively feminine, this is definitely it.